4 Ways Mortgage Insurance Helps Homebuyers

There are few dirtier words to the average home buyer than “mortgage insurance.” Article after article has been written on ways to avoid mortgage insurance and on why it’s an awful, terrible thing, but I’m here to tell you something new. Mortgage insurance isn’t always a horrifying scar on your mortgage paperwork. In fact, mortgage… Continue Reading

Assumable Mortgages Aren’t Outdated Options

Let me tell you all a little story about mortgages. Long, long ago interest rates were extremely high, reaching nearly 19 percent in the early 1980s. At the same time, there were also assumable mortgages: a loan product that allowed a buyer to take over the loan on a home with the terms remaining intact.… Continue Reading

How Much Should I Spend on My Next Home?

It’s inevitable that as spring approaches an increasing hoard of buyers will be flocking to the real estate market. The biggest question everybody’s got in the front of their mind, way ahead of whether or not they’ll find the right house or can get into the best school districts, is how much they should spend… Continue Reading

10 Ways to Save Your Troubled Mortgage

We’ve written a lot about how to get a mortgage, the buying process and what the indicators say about the current housing market, but we’ve avoided the one giant elephant in the room that must be addressed. We haven’t talked about the flip side, the troubled mortgage. Obviously, we want to educate you enough that… Continue Reading

Understanding the price of Closing Costs

Buying a house can be a confusing hurricane of paperwork, with lots of indecipherable legal documents and technical terms being tossed around. By the time you get to closing, you’re holding on by your fingernails, and just thankful that it’s almost over. You’re exhausted, emotionally and physically, but there’s just a little bit more to… Continue Reading